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Who Knows Father Best?

Independent Women's Forum, by Rieva Holycross, July 15, 2004

IWF believes that women must accept responsibility for their own actions and that includes getting pregnant and knowing who the father is (pretty onerous responsibility, don' t you think?). California and plenty of other states allow a woman to pretty much name whomever she pleases as the father of her child and sic the state on said dad to collect child support.

Feminist organizations including the National Organization of Women (NOW) has objected to legislation that requires the courts to vacate paternity judgments against men who aren' t, in fact, the father. Think about that. NOW wants some man, any man, to make child support payments. The woman who doesn' t even know who the father is, should not be held responsible for her actions, is a sweet, loving, blameless mother who seeks only to care for her child and if naming some schmuck as father who never saw her before in his life helps her provide for the innocent babe, well then, that' s fine. Innocence is no excuse. Pay up.

In arguing against California' s Paternity Justice Act, NOW claims that its passage would harm children. Harm children? This from the every-baby-deserves-federal-day-care, there' s-no-school-too-bad-for-our-kids crowd?

This is one Read More ..em in NOW' s misguided and misbegotten agenda that seeks to exempt women from taking responsibility for their actions and their lives. Their mantra that it' s not your fault; find somebody to blame; find somebody to pay is a horrible model for today' s woman. And, further, in the case of nailing innocent men for child support, it is legalized theft, pure, unalloyed misandry. No wonder the NOW gals liked it so much.

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The Invisible Boy: Revisioning the Victimization of Male Children and Teens

"... the existence of a double standard in the care and treatment of male victims, and the invisibility and normalization of violence and abuse toward boys and young men in our society.

Despite the fact that over 300 books and articles on male victims have been published in the last 25 to 30 years, boys and teen males remain on the periphery of the discourse on child abuse.

Few workshops about males can be found at most child abuse conferences and there are no specialized training programs for clinicians. Male-centred assessment is all but non-existent and treatment programs are rare. If we are talking about adult males, the problem is even greater. A sad example of this was witnessed recently in Toronto. After a broadcast of The Boys of St. Vincent, a film about the abuse of boys in a church-run orphanage, the Kids' Help Phone received over 1,000 calls from distraught adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. It is tragic in a way no words can capture that these men had no place to turn to other than a children's crisis line." Read More ..